ADClub Meeting


Amherst Democratic Club

Monday, April 28, 2014   7 -11 p.m.

Loughran’s Restaurant – 4543 Main Street

Snyder, New York

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Stop in to meet with fellow Democrats
Discussion of Amherst issues and candidates.

We’ll discuss upcoming races,
government issues and affairs.

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Come on Down!

Questions, contact Dan Ward at 444 – 5326 or

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2014 Albany Power 100


“Power is a lot like real estate,” says Rep. Francis Underwood in the political drama House of Cards. “It’s all about location, location, location. The closer you are to the source, the higher your property value.”

Underwood is a fictional character, but in the real world of politics his words often hold true. In New York, proximity to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who holds the state’s highest elected office, can serve as an indicator of political clout. Nearly a dozen people on this year’s list owe their jobs directly to the governor, and many others are highly ranked largely because of their connections to him or to other state power brokers. Even those who have earned election to a high level office generally owe their position to key patrons and mentors who helped them climb the rungs of power. Cuomo himself grew up with a father who was governor, after all.

To give our readers an accurate portrayal of who really holds sway in Albany politics, City & State presents its second annual Albany Power 100. Of course, any list of this sort is bound to generate criticism and controversy. We acknowledge that our ranking is imperfect—yet it is not arbitrary. Off-the-record conversations with many of the state’s most savvy political insiders helped us arrive at a list that we hope will resound with the people who know the score as well as anyone—our readers.
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FRACKING NEWS – Amherst Town Board Proposes Fracking Ban

David Kowalski

The following is a letter sent to our Amherst Town Board members:

Dear Town Board Members:

I am an Amherst resident, a retired scientist,  and I host the Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo area blog. I look forward to the upcoming Town Board Meeting where I and others will testify against fracking and importing its toxic waste to Amherst.

Some relevant recent posts from my blog website are listed with links below.

To learn more about the risks of fracking and its waste, enter a key word (eg. hydrofracking, fracking, wastewater, radioactivity, health, toxic, pollution) in the search box located in the upper left corner of my website.

David Kowalski


All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy


·        Amherst Town Board Proposes Fracking Ban


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New York’s Fracking Waste Problem

Further review shows that road spreading of natural gas production brine has been approved for use in portions of at least 23 municipalities in 7 western New York counties: Wyoming, Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genessee, Niagara, and Seneca. Road spreading of natural gas brine from natural gas storage has been approved in at least 10 municipalities in 2 western New York Counties: Allegany and Steuben. In addition, the New York State Department of Transportation Region 6 received approval to spread what appears to be brine from natural gas storage on state roads in portions of Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, and Yates Counties.
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Supreme Court Calls Lying By Politicians An Expression Of Their Religion



WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of the United States declared on Tuesday that lying by politicians is protected by the First Amendment because it is an expression of their religion.

By a 5–4 majority, the Court struck down an Ohio law that would make it harder to lie in political ads, arguing instead that “any attempt to restrict or punish lying by politicians is an unconstitutional infringement on a religion they have practiced for decades.”

The Court’s decision won praise from politicians of both parties, with many saying that the Justices’ recognition of lying as a religion was “long overdue.”

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts argued, “For politicians, lying is a religious observance akin to attending a church or a synagogue, except that they do it seven days a week.”

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Open Letter From “New Yorkers Against Fracking”

hydrofracking protest

Dear Fracktivists,

This spring, summer and fall, Governor Cuomo will be on the campaign trail in hopes of winning re-election as the Governor of our state. While we have received hopeful news from the administration’s Department of Environmental Conservation that no new permits would be issued during this fiscal budget year, we must remain vigilant. If re-elected, once the campaign is behind him, the supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) could be completed and permits could be issued to begin fracking in 2015. We cannot let this happen. We are calling on everyone across the state who cares about clean water, fresh air, safe communities and healthy families to join us in following the Governor along his campaign trail to send the message loud and clear that New Yorkers are happy New York is frack-free and would like to keep it that way.

We often receive very short notice of the Governors whereabouts. This is why we’re implementing a quick fire organizing team across the state. We need you to be a part of it. As soon as we get wind of where the Governor will be we will be calling on you to help make phone calls, forward an e-mail, share information on social media and recruit 5 of your friends or family members to join us for a rally outside the event. We’re calling ourselves, “Cuomo’s Fracking Ban Wagon.” Get on it! 

Each region will have a private group on Facebook  which you need permission to join. If you are on Facebook you will get the link from a regional organizer near you. We also ask that you connect with a local New Yorkers Against Fracking organizer or representative to join a local phone tree or e-mail tree. 

And if you have a lead and hear that Cuomo may be coming to town – please let a regional organizer know as soon as possible!


Rita Yelda for Western New York, Buffalo & Rochester at

Sarah Kelsen for the Finger Lakes and Ithaca at
Emily Bishop for Central New York and Syracuse at
Isaac Silberman Gorn for the Southern Tier and Binghamton at
Forest Cotten for the Hudson Valley at
Eric Weltman and Corinne Rosen for NYC at and

For general inquiries about the campaign across the state contact Renee Vogelsang at

See you on the ban wagon!

Renee Vogelsang

On Behalf of New Yorkers Against Fracking

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A Liberal Candidate Could Draw Votes Away From Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Poll Finds


About one quarter of New York voters would vote for a liberal, union-backed candidate over Gov. Andrew Cuomo in this fall’s election, according to a new poll out from Siena College Research Institute.

Cuomo, a Democrat expected to run for a second term, still holds a 2-to-1 lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino, the Siena poll found.

But if a Working Families Party candidate enters the race, 24 percent of voters polled said they’d back the third-party candidate over the current governor.
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Celebrating Earth Day/Arbor Day in Williamsville

we want your shoes

Saturday April 26th the Village of Williamsville will celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day together!!! Please join us at Island park 11-2pm!!!

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Amherst Residents Demand Town Board Protect the Community From Fracking and Fracking Waste

no frack

Community to Testify at Hearing to Tell Amherst Town Board Members to Pass Local Law

WHAT: On Monday, April 28th, Amherst town board members Mark Manna and Ramona Popowich will introduce a resolution that will instruct the Amherst town attorney to draft legislation to ban fracking and fracking waste. This is the first step toward a law that would prohibit fracking and fracking waste disposal throughout the town, including the spreading of brine on town roads. If the board were to pass a local law opposing fracking, they would be joining over 170 municipalities across New York State that have passed similar measures. Amherst and area residents will be in attendance Mondayto voice their support and ask the board to pass the resolution and then a local law to follow.

“The Town Board of Amherst must pass legislation to ban fracking and fracking wastes, including prohibiting the spreading of drilling waste on our town roads. Amherst residents deserve protection from the contaminated water, smog-filled air, and health consequences of the reckless and dangerous gas industry. The board must put Amherst residents’ health and future before these corporate interests,” stated Sara Schultz of Amherst Against Fracking and the Sierra Club Niagara Group.

WHEN: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm.

WHERE: Town of Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221.

WHO: Amherst Against Fracking, Western NY Drilling Defense, Food & Water Watch, New Yorkers Against Fracking, Sierra Club Niagara Group, and concerned Amherst residents.

WHY: Governor Cuomo is weighing whether or not to allow fracking in New York State. With or without regulations in place, fracking is a menace to the environment, public health and emits greenhouse gases at disturbing levels that undermine its credentials as beneficial for the environment to avoid climate change. Governor Cuomo has insisted that his decision would be guided by science, but his administration’s actions thus far have lacked transparency and scientific rigor. report published last October by Environment New York Research & Policy Center indicates just how bad fracking would be for our communities. Citing data from 17 states over a nine-year period, scientists found case after case of contaminated drinking water, chemical spills and elevated levels of airborne carcinogens. Amherst, NY sits atop the Utica and Marcellus shale formations, both of which would need to be fracked in order to reach the natural gas deposits, and the town also has several capped gas wells which could be converted to horizontal fracked wells.

While drilling itself is very dangerous, it’s important to be aware of the risk posed by fracking waste, as well. The millions of gallons of potentially radioactive, toxic wastewater produced from fracking poses a major disposal problem. According to the Endocrine Disruption Exchange, more than 600 chemicals are used in the fracking process, about 25% of the chemicals used in fracking fluid have been demonstrated to cause cancer or mutations, and 47% of these products have the potential to affect the endocrine system and reproduction. Currently the wastes coming in from Pennsylvania fracking operations are under-regulated in New York. The gas industry pawns fracking waste off on unknowing municipalities and treatment facilities that cannot handle the waste properly and it often goes miscategorized as “industrial waste”. Traditional municipal waste treatment plants cannot properly handle the complicated waste fracking produces, including the plant in Amherst as it is a biological waste treatment plant.

In some areas chemical-laden fracking wastewater, called brine, is sprayed on dusty roads as road treatment or turned into a salt to melt ice, exposing communities to the chemicals used in drilling and potential radioactivity in the waste. Despite a moratorium on fracking in New York State, Amherst faces the threat of spreading fracking byproduct on town roads, which can now be spread on roads in Wyoming, Erie, Cattaraugus, and Seneca counties, according to state documents obtained by Riverkeeper, who states that they are concerned about these carcinogens entering water supplies. The proposed legislation to ban fracking and fracking wastes in Amherst would protect residents from this danger.

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2014 Law Day Luncheon

 Bar Association of Erie County
2014 Law Day Luncheon

Tuesday, April 29, 2014                                       

Hyatt Regency Buffalo                                                                                                                                                    Keynote Speaker:                                                        ABA President James R. Silkenat

                                                                                       11:30 Cash Bar; 12:00 Noon Luncheon                                                      $27 per ticket; $270 table of 10
Orchard Park High School
Paralegal Coordinator for VLP Landlord/Tenant Unit, Retired
Buffalo Police Department
Expedited Matrimonial Social Worker
Court Attorney Referee
Expedited Matrimonial Part
Student awards will also be presented to winners of the Bar Association’s annual Law Day Poster Contest and the winning team of the 2014 High School Mock Trial Tournament.

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